Multiple Sources: Cade Cunningham Not A Lock To Go No. 1

It's been considered a done deal for some time now. Tanking in the NBA this year was referred to as the "Fade for Cade": Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham was going to be the Number One selection in the NBA Draft. 

We're not saying it's NOT going to happen, but multiple sources are saying the Detroit Pistons, who won the right to the No. 1 pick in Tuesday's lottery, are definitely not 100% convinced, and Cunningham is not a slam dunk at #1.

The Athletic's James L. Edwards III reports that USC center Evan Mobley and G League Ignite star Jalen Green will get "heavy consideration" from the Pistons for top pick. Detroit general manager Troy Weaver says that "five players" will get a strong look from the team.

“There’s a lot of talented guys at the top,” said Weaver. "We’ll vet them all out and be ready to go.” 

Sam Vecene of The Athletic is also questioning whether Cunningham is a lock for No. 1. He received multiple texts after the draft that the Pistons are "very high" on Green. 

This raises the possibility that Weaver could attempt to trade down, or make a draft day deal with either Houston or Cleveland, who hold the 2nd and 3rd picks respectively, to get another piece, and still get their man. 

Just over a month to go until the NBA Draft, and all eyes are on Detroit. 

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